In Win 101 Review (Page 2 of 4)

Page 2 - Physical Look - Outside

As simple as the design is for the In Win 101, there are some choices made to make the case look a bit more modern and unique. These choices are the tempered glass window and the rather unique In Win logo on the right side of the case, as well as the side panel exhaust instead of a front panel intake. However, to have the In Win logo on the side of the case is not unique to the 101, as it is a fairly common design choice for cases by this manufacturer. The implementation is modern though. The plastic lights up in a fantastic fashion when the case is turned on, as well the power button is hidden among all the plastic. Another unique feature to In Win is there is no front intake fans in the usual sense. Instead, the fans functioning as an exhaust are attached to the side panel, while the intake is at the bottom of the case. I will talk more about the intake and exhaust of the case on the next page. Otherwise, the case is entirely white, except for the black expansion slot covers, while also having a matte finish. I find the In Win 101 to have a nice modern look, even though it is in the standard rectangular form of most computer cases.

The In Win 101 is an ATX mid tower. Meaning it is not massive, but still big enough to take basically any components you want to install in it. The dimensions, including the extra depth the screws add, come in at 445 mm in height, by 226 mm in width, by 480 mm in depth. These are fairly standard dimensions for a mid-tower case. As for the weight, it comes in at 7.35 kg, which makes it quite hefty, but the building materials reflect this weight, as well, it is a testament to its build quality.

If you have read case reviews by APH Networks before, you will be able to note this is a strange angle for the front I/O picture. I took the picture like this, since taking it just from the top would not include the power button. I will start at the top and then move down. On top of the case, we find two USB 3.0 connections and the necessary 3.5 mm audio ports. No surprises here, as this is so far a standard I/O. The blue connectors from the USB 3.0 actually fit quite nicely with the overall color scheme. As I have already mentioned, the power button is hidden, but I will attempt to explain where it is located. The see-through plastic with the In Win logo on it is divided into two parts: One rather large one followed by the small plastic bit for the power button. If you look close to the bottom of the picture, you will be able to spot the break in the plastic. The smaller piece on the bottom of this area is the power button. To be honest, it took me a while to find it, haha. This picture also highlights the hexagonal pattern on the back, which is actually one of the exhausts for the case.

As previously mentioned, the seven expansion slots are the only real break in the all-white design of the case. Their location is also a break in the standard design of cases. The power supply chamber is found at the top of the case, just like how it was 15 years ago, the motherboard and exhaust fan is in the middle, while the seven expansion slots are now at the bottom. I am still getting used to the look, but I have definitely not experienced any negatives for it. For now it is different, and the different experience is novel. The back exhaust fan can house a 120 mm fan. Also, since the power supply will be top mounted, it will in part function as an exhaust fan. This view of the In Win 101 also sheds light on how the back panel screws off. Instead of two screws found on the back side of the case, there are two screws at the top of each side panel. These are easily unscrewed, allowing one to tilt the side panels out and then lift them out.

The bottom of the In Win 101 has a large dust filter. The dust filter is well constructed and In Win definitely did not cheap out on creating a well-built dust filter. Furthermore, the dust filter slides out easily, making it easy to clean. Otherwise, the entirety of the bottom can be used to mount fans. Up to three 120 mm fans can be mounted in this area. This is, according to In Win, the main area of air intake, which is why it is the only place with a dust filter. Otherwise, there are two large plastic feet, which lifts the case up slightly to ensure there will be some airflow in this area. I would not recommend this case to be placed on carpet, since the feet do not raise the case high enough to avoid the carpet.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Installation and Conclusion